New car park charges have been set for North Devon Council s car parks at a meeting of the council s Executive. It has been a year and a half since the fees in the main car parks have increased in North Devon. Short stay parking in Barnstaple will increas

New car park charges have been set for North Devon Council's car parks at a meeting of the council's Executive.It has been a year and a half since the fees in the main car parks have increased in North Devon.Short stay parking in Barnstaple will increase from 80p an hour to 90p. The same increase applies to Ilfracombe short stay car parks throughout the summer months, but will remain unchanged at 50p per hour in the winter.No increases are proposed for South Molton at the moment as this will be looked at through the regeneration project for the town.People looking for alternative, cheaper parking in Barnstaple are encouraged to use the long stay facilities such as Seven Brethren and Fair View where you can park all day for £1.50.A council spokesman said that another money-saving option for people who use car parks regularly were permits. If somebody paid for parking every working day, buying a permit would cost them half the price of the ordinary hourly rate.Permits Permits can be bought on a quarterly basis to make them easier to afford.There are also a number of community car parks dotted around North Devon where permits costing £1 per week are available to residents who live within a quarter of a mile radius. This saves between £350 and £550 a year, depending on the car park used.Leader of North Devon Council Cllr Mike Harrison said: "We've agonised over this issue as we know it hits people's pockets. Unfortunately it is a necessary evil that we are forced to deal with every few years in order to keep up with the level of charges needed to keep Council Tax rises to a minimum."The new charges are expected to come into effect in April.